Graduation Requirements

The NIST High School Diploma

The NIST High School Diploma is awarded to all students upon graduation from Year 13 regardless of the pathway they choose.

To qualify for the NIST High School Diploma, students must satisfy the minimum requirement of 24 academic credits and meet the non-academic requirements. A credit is obtained by receiving an overall grade of three or above for the school year while attending a minimum of 90% of the classes. This requirement is meant as the minimum standard, and students at NIST are encouraged to exceed this whenever possible. Students are expected to take a broad range of courses and extra-curricular activities, and also actively undertake community service.

Academic Subject Area
Credits Required
English/Language A
Additional Language
Visual & Performing Arts
Health & Physical Education

Additional Non-Academic Requirements

  • Community & Service: Students must participate in community service throughout their four years of high school.
  • Extra-curricular Activities: Students must participate in a minimum total of four sessions of extra-curricular activities from Years 10-13.
  • Course Attendance: Students must maintain a satisfactory course attendance record in Years 10-13. A credit can only be awarded to a student who has maintained an attendance record of more than 80% for courses in Years 10 & 11, and 90% in Years 12 & 13.

Additional MYP & DP Requirements


It is important to prepare students with the necessary skills for revision and to expose students increasingly to a formal examination environment as part of the learning process. Students are introduced to formal tests and exams in a planned progression of activities dependent on their ages. Older students are taught about behaviour in an examination room, examination techniques and long-term revision strategies through subjects. Year 12 has an exam week in December to provide students with an IB examination experience before the start of their two-year programme. Year 12 students also complete examinations at the end of May based on the work they have covered in the year. Mock examinations for Year 13 are in March, with final examinations in May.

Community and Service & CAS

The essential aim of this element of the NIST programme is that students understand that acting for the betterment of others is a basic human responsibility and do not see community and service activities as simply something to “pass”. The IB MYP and DP share similar beliefs about service and action, but use slightly different terminology. Develop a habit of helping others is highly individual, so comparing students is avoided. However, students in each year level are made aware of the expectations.

In the IB Diploma CAS—creativity, action, service—is a central part of the programme. DP students must meet each of the eight CAS outcomes and should spend approximately 50 hours participating in CAS-related activities during Years 12 & 13 if they are to qualify for their IB diplomas and NIST High School Diplomas. These activities are recorded in the CAS database, which is accessible from home.

The area of interaction known as Community and Service represents this requirement in the MYP. MYP students undertake activities through the curriculum, and in Years 10 & 11 complete at least one service activity in their own time. The activities are recorded in the students’ portfolios, and teachers, students and parents evaluate the community and service element at the end of the year. Students in Years 7 – 11 are expected to have undertaken service in every year of the programme. This will happen both within and outside the curriculum but as students enter Year 10, there is a greater expectation that they will be more active in initiating or planning the service. The quality of the service is emphasized, but students are also evaluated in the commitment shown when performing service. Students in Year 11 must have completed community and service requirements to receive their MYP Completion Certificates.

Field Trips

Learning beyond the classroom is an integral part of the school curriculum, and all students are involved in field trips. All year 7 – 11 students are expected to participate in Week on the Wild Side, which takes place in September for Year 7 and early December for Years 8 – 11. Throughout the school year there are also a number of other field trips that support classroom learning and student development. If your son/daughter is going on a field trip that involves an overnight stay, you will be expected to sign a permission slip attached to the bottom of an information letter or an overnight stay form. The majority of the field trips offered each year require no additional payment. Students will also need to complete absence permission form, which documents the work they will miss while on a field trip.

Action Weeks

Action Weeks are aimed at providing a range of experiences for students that they would normally not encounter in Bangkok. The Action Week trips take students into nature and away from digital devices and connections. During the trips we operate a “challenge by choice” approach, which allows students to stretch themselves within a supportive, age-appropriate environment. It is felt that the outcomes in terms of improved independence and self-reliance, social bonding, and overall well-being directly impact the confidence students need in other aspects of their schooling. For this reason the trips are compulsory. Details of all trips are published beforehand, and parent information sessions are offered in the evening to review them.